Of Water, Starlight & Raspberries
A letter from the banks of Wounded Knee Creek
Debra White Plume

Feature Articles

Honor the Treaties, Protect the Earth

The Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign and the Demand for Sovereignty

Robin Wall Kimmerer

The Thunderbirds Versus The Black Snake

On Anishinaabe Akiing, an epic battle against oil pipelines is underway.

Winona LaDuke

To Our Readers

Re-Indigenizing the People to the Planet

This special issue of Earth Island Journal is not a how-to manual, nor is it a warning message or a self-help treatise – though it includes all of those elements and more. It is, simply, a message f...

Melissa K. Nelson


The Thin Red Line
Across North America, Indigenous communities are often on the frontlines of efforts to halt extreme energy projects, massive mines, and other ill-conceived “development” projects. Here are just some of the fights currently underway.
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The Heart of Everything That Is
Notes from Lakota Country
Jason Mark
A Native View
On the Indigenous Perspective
Kaimana Barcarse
Revitalizing Native Foodways
At a time when food has become better known as a commodity rather than a life source, it is more pressing than ever to remember that food, in its deepest, truest essence, is a gift. It’s a gift that...
Kaylena Bray & Melissa K. Nelson, PhD
A Tribal National Park
Rises in Canada
At the heart of the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, on the west coast of Canada’s Vancouver Island, something astonishing is happening. The Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation has declared a tribal...
Eli Enns
“Luck Has Nothing to Do with It”
The Haida Gwaii Lesson
Mark Dowie
Renewing Relatives
One tribe's efforts to bring back an ancient fish
Marty Holtgren, Stephanie Ogren, and Kyle Whyte
Indigenous Migrant Farmworkers
Demand Change in the Fields
From Baja California to Washington State
David Bacon

Digging Deeper

It’s Alive! The Amazing World of Soil

“We can’t eat those carrots,” the kids cried out. “They’re covered in dirt!” My friend had been regaling me with stories about teaching public school kids healthy eating and gardening and ...

Anna Lappé

Earth Island Reports

Stand Up for Sacred Ground

Sacred Land Film Project

Christopher McLeod

Meet the 16th Annual Brower Youth Award Winners

New Leaders Initiative

Journal Staff

1000 Words

Modern Americans

Will Wilson

Journal Staff


Oren Lyons, Onondaga

Oren R. Lyons is Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation, one of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee (people of the Long House) whose territory once encompassed most of New York, Pennsy...

Jacqueline Keeler

Franco Viteri, Kichwa

Franco Viteri is a Kichwa leader from Sarayaku, a community in the Ecuadorian Amazon made famous by their struggle against oil extraction in their territory. In 2012, the Inter-American Court of Human...

Megan Alpert

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Kankanaey Igorot

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz was appointed the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People last year. A member of the Kankanaey Igorot people in the Philippines, she is one of the In...

Terri Hansen

Tony Skrelunas, Diné

Tony Skrelunas was raised by his grandparents on the Big Mountain Navajo reservation in Arizona, in what he calls “the old lifestyle” of the Diné (Navajo) tribe. His family would move their tradi...

Katherine Gustafson

In Review

A Crush Course on Old Ways

The Lost World of the Old Ones: Discoveries in the Ancient Southwest
by David Roberts
W.W. Norton & Company, 2015, 327 pages

Gerry Wingenbach

Beauty in the Ear of the Beholder

Voices of the Wild: Animal Songs, Human Din, and the Call to Save Natural Soundscapes
by Bernie Krause
Yale University Press, 2014, 166 pages

The Sound Book: The Science of the Sonic Wonders of the World
by Trevor Cox
WW Norton & Co, 2014, 331 pages

Mark J Palmer


The Radiant Life With Animals

One of my grandmothers was an eagle, a golden eagle. From the beginning she and I knew one another in a particular and mysterious manner of kinship. In all her injured shining, she was the “killer b...

Linda Hogan

Talking Points

Talking Points : Autumn 2015

Findings Pollution Makes Us DumberScientists have known for a while that fine particle exposure increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, respiratory illness, and even cancer. New research adds an...

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